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The Ferris family was originally from Leicester- 
shire, England, and descended from the honse of 
Feriers, Ferrerr, Ferrets or Ferris, the first mem- 
ber of which (in England) was Henry de Feriers, 
the son of Guelchelme de Feriers, Master of the 
House of the Duke of Normandy, who obtained of 
the Conqueror large grants of land in the counties of 
Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. It 
is said he took an active part in the Battle of Hast- 
ings, having invaded England with the Conqueror. 
From Guelchelme de Feriers and Win. de Ferers, 
Earl of Derby, descends the Ferrers of Groby, 
who bore for their paternal coat of arms gu seven 
mascles or, a canton erm, while their Westchester 
descendants carried gu a fleur de lis or a canton 
erm with a crescent for the difference. 

Jeffrey Ferries or Ferris is first heard of in 
Watertown, Mass., where he was admitted a free- 
man, May 6, 1635. He must have been residing 
at Fairfield, Conn., at the time of his death, ac- 
cording to the following extract taken from the 
Probate record : Order of the Court of Probate. — 
Fairfield, on estate of Jeffrey Ferris, relative to 
marriage contract with his deceased wife Susanna, 
by which he agreed to pay certain legacies 
to children of Robert Lockwood, deceased, ac- 
cording to the administration entered in Courte 
20th October, 1658, &c. It is very evident that 
Jeffrey Ferries, or Ferres removed from Water- 
town, Mass., toWethersfield, Connecticut, thence to 
Stamford, Ct., in 1640, and became an original 


freeholder. The history of Stamford, by Hunting- 
ton, says at page 31 he was made freeman in Bos- 
ton in 1635 ; came with first settlers and received 
10 acres assignment of land. Savage says he was 
from Watertown, Mass., where he was made free- 
man, thence to Wethersfield, and from Wethers- 
field in 1656, one of the eleven Greenwich men who 
petitioned to be accepted under the New Haven 
jurisdiction will probated in Fairfield, as heretofore 
stated, January 6, 1664, &c. Tradition invests the 
immigration of this family to this country with 
the lines of romantic adventure. The ancestress, 
who was also high born, following her lover out 
into this western world to share with him here the 
fortunes which English aristocracy would not 
allow. Jeffrey died 31 May, 1666 and 
Susannah, his first wife, died at Grinwich, Decem- 
ber 23, 1660. Before marrying Jeffrey Ferris she 
was the widow of Robert Lockwood by whom she 
apparently had one daughter, Mary Lockwood, 
and a son, Jonathan Lockwood. Huntington says 
Judy Burns (who must have been his second wife), 
receipted for her widow's portion in his estate 
March 6, 1667, and his will names his wife Judy, 
son James, son Jonathan Lockwood and Mary 
Lockwood, son Peter's three children and son 
Joseph's two. 

I. Jeffrey left the following issue : 

II. John Ferris, married twice, Mary and Grace. 

II. Peter Ferris ; born July 5, 1654 died Septem- 
ber 28, 1706 ; married Elizabeth Reynolds. 

II. Joseph Ferris ; born September 20, 1657 ; mar- 
ried Ruth, daughter of Nicholas Knapp. 


II. James Ferris. 

Peter, Joseph and James Ferris, and Jonathan 
Lockwood were apparently the administrators of 
Jeffrey's will. See receipt of John Ferris in ap- 

II. Joseph Ferris, son of Jeffrey, married Ruth 

Knapp, September 20, 1657 ; issue : 

III. Joseph. 

III. Peter; born Septembers, 1660. 

III. Joseph Ferris, son of Joseph, married Mary 

. December 12, 1686 ; issue. 

IV. Joseph ; b. Men. 31, 1688. 
IV. Mary; b. Dec. 12, 1690. 
IV. Nathan; b. Oct. 22, 1694. 
IV. Samuel; b. Sept. 5, 1696. 

IV. Elizabeth; b. Mch. 19, 1698-9. 
IV. Abigail; b. Apl. 13, 1701. 
IV. Hannah ; b. June 20, 1704. 
IV. Deborah; b. Aug. 27, 1706. 

III. Peter Ferris, married ; issue : 

IV. Elizabeth; b. Nov. 28, 1659; d. May 2, 1660. 
IV. Joseph ; b. June 20, 1657. 

IV. b. June 20, 1659. 

IV. Mary ; b. May 2, 1662. 
IV. Elizabeth ; b. Jany. 2, 1664. 


II. James Ferris, son of Jeffrey, had an estate in 
Greenwich, Connecticut, in 1672. Oliver 
Ferris, formerly of Greenwich, a soldier 
of the Revolutionary War, was probably a 
grandson of James, purchased "Wool- 
fort's Roost," married Abigail, daughter 
of John LocJcwood, of Greenwich, and had 
the following issue : 
Elizabeth, married Aaron Close. 



Daniel Ackerman 



Jacob Storms. 



Daniel Dutclier. 



Smith Scojield. 



John Jewell. 

Benson ; b. Mch. 21, 1794 ; married 

d. July, 1882. 

It is said Oliver Ferris served under Montgomery 
in the invasion of Canada, and was present in 1775 
at the capture of St. Johns. In 1802 he removed 
from Greenwich to Westchester and purchased 
from Major Van Tassel, Woolfort's Roost. 

Benson Ferris ; lived in Tarrytown ; m 

issue Wm. A. Ferris, Benson Ferris, Jr., 
Jemima Ferris, Oliver Ferris, President 
of Tarrytown Natl. Bank. 

II. Peter Ferris, son of Jeffery, was made a free- 
man in 1662 and representative in 1667 ; a 
large grant of land was confirmed in Peter 
Ferris May 26, 1685. Elizabeth, his daugh- 
ter, d. May 2, 1660. 

II. John Ferris, son of Jeffry or Jeffery Ferris. 
The New England Historical and G. Re- 

ports, Vol. 42, p. 311, says: John Ferris 
was born in Leicestershire, England, in 
1649, and emigrated to Fairfield, Connecti- 
cut ; this statement the compiler ques- 
tions : at any rate it is a fact that he moved 
to Westchester in 1654 and was one of the 
first patentees of Westchester. Gov. Nich- 
ols, 1667, Gov. Dongan, 1686, Indian deed 
1692. Bolton's History of Westchester, 
Vol. II, p. 234, says he was one of the ten 
proprietors of Throckmorton' s Neck inl667. 
Throgmorton's Point or Neck was named 
after John Throgmorton, an Englishman, 
who took a grant for it under the Dutch 
a. d. 1643. The name says Judge Benson 
has been attenuated from Thogmorton's 
to Throg's Neck. It is said that he ob- 
tained land on the neck probably from 
purchase from Thomas Pell, formerly of 
Fairfield ; he lived to an advanced age and 
died March, 1715, leaving five sons and 

four daughters hereinafter named. John 
Ferris was a son of Jeffry and not a 
brother ; he was married twice ; his first 

wife was Mary , who died in 1704, 

and his second wife Grace, who died in 
Flushing, Long Island, December 31st, 
1715, same year as her husband. John 
became a Friend or Quaker, as he is so 
mentioned in the records ; he left issue : 

III. Peter, married Susannah 

III. Mary, married March 12, 1685, Nathaniel 
UnderltiU. Mayor of the Borough of 

III. Samuel, one of the first assistants and Com- 
mon Council of Westchester ; married in 
1699, Sarah Pinckney, daughter of John 

III. James Ferris, married Anna Sands, of Sands 
Point, Long Island ; died 1746 ; proprietor 
of "The Homestead," at Throggs Neck. 

III. Johnathan, of Courtlandt Manor, married 
; died 1753. 

III. John, of Westchester, married Elizabeth 
; died 1729. 

III. Phebe ; born April 11, 1700 ; married Edward 
Burlin or Burling. 

III. Martha, married Clark. 

III. Sarah, married, 1st, Solomon Palmer, 

; 2d, Samuel Harrison, Oct. 8, 1719. 

III. Hannah ; born February 12, 1705 ; married 
William Mott; born Jan'y 20, 1674; he 
died June 30, 1730 ; she died Apl. 25, 1760 ; 
issue William, who married Elizabeth 
Valentine ; issue Dr. Henry Mott ; mar- 
ried Jane Wall ; issue Dr. Valentine Mott, 
distinguished surgeon. 

III. Peter Ferris, son of John, and grandson of 
Jeffrey, as described in a deed in 1721, as 
of Westchester. In 1725 Peter Ferris, 
Esq., of Momaroneck, and Susannah his 
wife convey a piece of land bequeathed by 
his honored father, John Ferris by his last 
will. Subsequently Peter Ferris, gentle- 
man, and Moses Fowler, gentleman, and 


Edward Burling or Burlin, gentleman, 
unite in conveying lands in East Chester, 

Eastchester branch of Westchester 
County Ferrises, Peter Ferris and 
Susannah ; issue : 

IV. Gilbert; m. Sarah Fowler. 
IV. Joshua. 

IV. Jonathan ; m. 1st, Rachel Dean ; 2d, Eliza- 
beth Miller. 
IV. Caleb. 

Gilbert Ferris lived in East Chester. His wife 
was a daughter of Moses Fowler ; issue — 
V. Richard. 

V. Susan; m. Angemne. 

V. Eleanor ; m. Davis. 

V. Abigail; m. 1st , Hay lies ; m. 2d, 

V. Stephen; m. 
V. George; m. 1st, Jemima Tramp ; m. 2d, Sarah 

V. Solomon; m. Lydia. 
V. John ; m. Sarah WatJcins. 

V. Stephen Ferris, son of Gilbert ; married 

issue ; 

VI. Cornelius. 

VI. Sarah. 
VI. James. 

"VI. Susan. 

VI. Eliza. 

VI. Jane. 

VI. Catharine; m. Lawrence. 

VI. Richard. 

VI. George. 

V. Solomon Ferris, son of Gilbert ; b. 25 Aug., 

1766 ;d. 19 Oct., 1860; m. Lydia ; b. 8 
Apr., 1775 ; d. 16 Nov., 1870. They lived 
at Highlands, opposite Po'keepsie ; issue 

VI. Anning F. 

VI. Jt>A/i /ay/ unm. ; b. 15 Feb., 1796; d. 14 

Feb., 1875. 
VI. Harwy. 
VI. Eleanor ; m. William A. Smith; d. 31 Dec, 

1825, ». 24 y. 
VI. Sarah; m. Joshua D'Angevine ; d. 28 Feb., 

1829, a3. 29 y. 
VI. Nelson ; m. Deyo ; b. 22 June, 1806 ; 

d. 28 July, 1859. 
VI. Electa ; m. John Thompson, organizer of the 

1st Natl. Bank & Chase Natl. Bank, New 

York ; their son Fred. Ferris Thompson is 

a banker. 
VI. Mary A. ; m. Saml. Clark ; d. 10 Mar., 1830 ; 

8d. 19 y. 
VI. Julia R. ; m. Nathl, DuBois ; b. 2 Sept., 

1818 ; d. 12 July, 1849. 
VI. Samuel C. ; b. 1815 ; d. 26 May, 1830. 

V. George Ferris, son of Gilbert ; m. 1st Jemima 


Trams ; m. 2nd Sarah Carpenter ; issue : 
VI. Jemima; m. Caleb Bedell. 
VI. Euphemy ; m. Oakley. 

VI. Nathaniel ; m. Mary Warner. 
VI. Lanning ; m. Cordelia Bennett. 
VI. Ebenezer ; m. Mary Pear sail. 
VI. Gilbert; m. Maria 

V. /ok Ferris, son of Gilbert; b. 24 Feb., 1772; d. 
23 Feb., 1824; m. 1 Oct., 1793, Sarah Watkins ; 
dan. Joseph Watkins; b. 20 Sept., 1772; d. 27 
June, 1852 ; issue : 

VI. Frances; b. 27 Oct., 1794; d. 9 Oct., 1796. 

VI. Anna; b. 29 Aug., 1796; d. 22 May, 1824; 

m. 1814 James Farrand ; he d. 1828 ; 
issue : 

VII. Cornelius I. ; m. Eliz. McAuley ; b. 1S15 ; d. 


VII. Charlotte B. ; m. James Edwards ; b. 1817. 
VII. Emily Watkins; m. Abraham B. Ludlam ; 

b. 1819. 
VII. Sarah; b. 1821. 
VI. Isaac {see post). 

VI. Harriet; b. 6 Sept., 1800; d. 24 Mch., 1814. 
VI. Charlotte; b. 25 July, 1802 ; d. 23 May, 1821. 
VI. Eliza W. ; b. 6 Sept., 1804 ; d. 23 May, 1827. 
VI. Sarah Emily ; b. 20 Sept., 1806; d. 1 Apr., 

VI. Albert; b. 24 Sept., 1S08 ; d. 16 Nov., 1861. 

V. Isaac Ferris, son of John Ferris, b. Oct., 1798; 


d. 16 June, 1873 ; m. 1st 30 Dec, 1820, Catharine 
Burchan; b. 18 May, 1801 ; d. 9 Sept., 1837; is- 
sue : 

VII. Charlotte E. ; b. 22 Dec, 1822 ; d. unm. 
VII. John Mason; b. 17 Jan., 1825, a clergyman 

with degree D. D. ; resides at Flatbush, 

L. I. 

VII. Richard B. ; b. 6 Jan., 1827 ; Vice-Prest. of 
Bank of New York. 

VII. Catharine B. ; b. 8 Apr., 1830; m. George 
E. Lockwood. 

VII. Sarah W. ; b. 3 Oct., 1832 ; unm. 

VII. Anna Truax ; b. 22 Feb., 1835 ; d. 18 Aug., 

VII. Laura G. ; b. 31 July, 1837 ; m. Louis Viele 

28 Feb., 1839. 

Isaac Ferris ; m. 2nd, Sarah J. Crygier ; b. 28 
Nov., 1811 ; d. 2 July, 1848 ; issue : 
VII. Mary A. ; b. 9 Oct., 1845 ; unm. 
VII. Isaac Ward ; b. 23 March, 1840 ; m. Cornelia 

S. Danforth, dau. of Judge Peter S. Dan- 


Isaac Ferris, D. D., LL.D., Third Chancellor 
of the New York University ; resided in the City of 
New York during the most of his life. He married 
1 Oct., 1850, 3rd Letitia Storm ; b. 12 Oct., 1850 ; 
dau. of Abraham G. Storm and Susan Van Wyck, 
of Po'keepsie, N. Y. ; issue : 
VII. Edward Storm; b. 30 Nov., 1851 ; d. 16 Apr., 

VII. Harriet Frances ; b. 9 July, 1854 ; d. 1 

Aug., 1870. 


VII. Morris Patterson; b. 3 Oct., 1855; m. 4 

Sept., 1879 ; Mary Lanman Douw, dau. 
of John de Peyster Douw, and Marianna 
Chandler Lanman ; issue : 

VIII. Mary Van Rensselaer ; b. 28 Aug., 1880. 
VIII. Morris Douw ; b. 12 Feb., 1884. 

VIII. Van Wyck ; b. 28 May, 1890. 

Morris P. Ferris, A. B., and LL.B., University 
of the City of New York, is a practicing lawyer in 
the City of New York, a member of a number of 
clubs and colonial societies, and a resident of 

IV. Jonathan Ferris, son of Peter Ferris, born at 

Eastchester February 15, 1732 ; died at 
Peekskill, August 8th or 26th, 1798 ; mar- 
ried first Rachel Dean ; born 1731 ; died 
May 6th, 1779 ; married second Elizabeth or 
Betsey Miller ; had issue by both wives. 
Issue of Jonathan and Rachel Dean : 

V. Joseph ; b. Peekskill Nov. 15, 1757 ; d. Peeks- 

kill Nov. 23, 1841; m. Lydia Seymour; born 

1763 ; died 1837. 
V. Caleb D.; b. Peekskill ; d. ; m. Eliza- 
beth Lent ; b. 1768 ; d. 1844. 
V. Joshua; b. Peekskill ;d. ; m. Eliza 

V. Benjamin ; b. Peekskill ; d. 1797 ; m. 

first Anna Post; second Anna Maria 

V. Hon. Jonathan; b. Peekskill March 18, 1779 ; 

died at Ithaca, N. Y., while temporarily 


absent Sept. 6, 1838 ; married at Peekskil 

Feb'y 13, 1800 ; Jane Owen; b. 1783 ; d. 

Oct. 20, 1845. 
V. Sarah; b. Peekskill ; d. ; m. Richard 

Currey or Curry. 
V. Susannah ; b. Peekskill ; d. ; m. 

Smith Jones ; issue : Rachel Jones. 
V. Deborah; b. Peekskill ;d. ;m. Ben- 

jamin Drake ; issue : Caleb Drake. 
Phebe ; b. Peekskill ; d. m. Henry Louns- 

bury or Lounsberry ; issue : Benj. L. 
V. Peter ; b. Peekskill ; d. ; m. 

V. John ; Peekskill, June 7, 1769 ; d. Peekskill, 

Feb'y 25, 1789; issue of Jonathan and 

Betsey Miller. 

V. Elizabeth; b. Peekskill ; d. ; m. John 

V. Rebecca ; b. Peekskill, ; d. ; m. 

Lyon's settled in the West. 

V. Fanny ; b. Peekskill, ; d. ; m. Caleb 


Note. — It is stated that Jonathan had a son 

Charles who married ; had issue Mary 

Ferris ; married ; issue : Lillian 

Blanche Fearing, a lawyer and author living in 

V. Caleb Dean Ferris, son of Jonathan and 
Rachel Dean ; m. ; issue : 

VI. Jonathan Ferris. 
VI. Damd Ferris. 
VI. Caleb D. Ferris. 


V. Hon. Jonathan Ferris, son of Jonathan, mar- 
ried Jane Owen (daughter of Jesse and 
Mary Owen) ; issue : 

VI. Jesse Owen; b. Peekskill Dec. 18th, 1800; 
died at Mt. Clemens, Michigan, 1891 ; m. 
Jane Sidam Edgerly ; b. 1817 ; d. 1890. 

VI. Mary Ann ; b. Peekskill Aug. 3, 1802 ; died 
Brooklyn, ft. Y., Nov. 11, 1861 ; married 
Benj. P. Benson; issue Eugene Benson 

VI. Charles Harrison ; b. Peekskill Oct, 6. 1804 ; 
died Chicago Sept. 3, 1852 ; married Cath- 
arine Meltissa Dussenburg ; b. 1820 ; d. 
1853 ; issue VII ; Frances (widow) ; m. 
Clark ; now living in Geneva, HI. 

VI. Joseph; b. Peekskill Feb'y 22, 1087 ; d. Peeks- 
kill Nov. 28, 1831. 

VI. Caleb Dean; b. Peekskill Feb'y 14, 1809; d. 
Mt. Clemens Oct. 17, 1832. 

VI. Sarah; b. Peekskill Jan'y 31, 1811 ; d. Peeks- 
kill Mar. 7, 1858; m. llios. D. Cooper; b. 
1814 ; d. 1865. 

VI. Harrison; b. Peekskill Mch. 15, 1815; d. 
Peekskill Nov. 29, 1854. 

VI. Jane Eliza; b. Peekskill Aug. 19, 1815; d. 
Peekskill May 17, 1841 ; m. Alsop V. C. 

VI. Benjamin; b. Peekskill Sept, 8, 1817; d. 
Peekskill Apl. 9, 1826. 

VI. Jonathan Henry, Lawyer, b. Peekskill ; May 
5, 1820; d. Peekskill, June, 1873; m. Sarah 
A. Nelson, da. of Wm. and 

VI. John; b. Peekskill, Feb. 8, 1825; d. Peekskil, 


VI. Joshua Currey ; b. Peekskill, Feb. 12, 1826 ; 
d. Peekskill, May 15, 1882 ; m. Lydia M. 
Boynton, da. of John and Barbara Fash. 

Hon. Jonathan Ferris was a Captain in Colonel 
Carver's regiment in the war of 1812, and County 
Judge in 1820. 

VI. Joshua Currey Ferris, son of Hon. Jonathan 

m. Lydia Maria Boynton, Feb. 13, 1851; 
(daughter of John Boynton and Barbara 
Fash) issue. 

VII. Henry Boynton ; b. New York City, Dec. 5, 

1851; m. Belle Crary Buckland, Buffalo, 
N. Y., May 13, 1874 ; no issue. 

VII. Jane Eliza ; b. Peekskill, April 29, 1854 ; un- 

VII. John Boynton ; b. Peekskill, March 15, 1856 ; 

VII. Mary Louise-, b. Milwaukee, Wis., Aug. 22, 
1865; m. Fred'k Staib, Buffalo, July 28, 

VII. Charles Nelson; b. Buffalo, Jan'y 20, 1869 ; 

VII. Alia Gertrude; b. Buffalo, June 20, 1873 ; m. 
Fred'k Charles Wilkes, Oct. 1889. 

VI. Jonathan Henry, son of Hon. Jonathan ; m. 

Sarah A. Nelson ; issue. 

VII. Cornelia ; m. Judge Currey of San Francisco. 
VII. / m. Griswold. 

VII. ; Rev. 


III. James Ferris, son of John Ferris, married 

Anna Sands, of Sands Point ; will re- 
corded August 17, 1746 ; had issue: 

IV. James ; born July 3, 1734 ; died February 25, 

1780 ; married Charity Thomas, daughter 
of Hon. John Thomas and sister of General 
Thomas Thomas ; born July 3, 1734 ; died 
July, 1809 ; remains of both removed 

from old Ferris Burying Ground at West- 
chester Village to AVoodlawn Cemetery, to 
plot of Mrs. Hicks. 

IV. John Ferris ; born June, 1733 ; died January, 
1814 ; married Marianna Hunt, daughter 
of Thomas Hunt. 

IV. Jonathan Ferris, of New York ; born ; 

died ; married Ursula Catlin. 

IV. Anna or Hann all Ferris'; born ; d. 

married Dr. Valentine Seaman. 

IV. Elizabeth Ferris ; born ; died 

married Dr. Thomas Cock. 

IV. Sands Ferris; born ; died ; 

married Susan Potter. 

IV. JSarah Ferris, married John White, see ap- 
pendix page 58. 

IV. Elmira 

IV. Mary 

IV. James Ferris, son of James Ferris and Anna 
Sands; occupant of " The Homestead," 
when Lord Howe took possession ; 
married Charity Thomas ; born July 3, 
1734 (sister of General Thomas Thomas). 
See appendix for short history of Thomas 
family issue, seven sons and four daugh- 


V. Margaret or Peggy Ferris ; born August 14, 
1754 ; married Col. Loring, of Massachu- 
setts ; commander of a Massachusetts 
Regiment during the Revolution. 

V. Anne Ferris; born November 17,1755 ; married 
Hon. Philip Pell, Judge Advocate of 
American Army. 

V. Thomas Ferris ; born September 2, 1757 ; 
Clerk of Westchester Co. hero with 
Harvey Brick ; married Mary A. Banlcs. 

V. Abigail Ferris ; born November, 1759 ; married 

Captain David Harrison. 
V. James Ferris ; born June 14th, 1762; married 

Sarah Oakley. 
V. Massie or Mary Ferris ; born March 9, 1764. 
V. Cornwall Ferris; born April 24th, 1766. 
V. Edward Ferris ; born February 19th, 1768 ; 

married Elizabeth Goadsby of Albany. 
V. Charles Ferris ; born December 16, 1769. 
V. David Ferris : born August 8, 1771 ; married 
Ann Ferris, daughter of Benjamin Ferris. 
V. George Ferris ; was the dwarf of the family, 
though 5 ft. 11 in. ; was born while Lord 
Howe was in possession of The Home- 
stead ; married Catharine Post. 
James Ferris, Anthony Bartow and Fordham 
Edward were appointed Commissioners for West- 
chester and Fordham for the laying out of public 
highways in the County of Westchester. See 
Chap. 1012 Laws of Colony of New York, pp. 78, 

Ferris and Bartow reappointed January 27, 1770. 
See Chap. 1458 Laws of Colony of N. Y. ; they 


served from April 1, 1756 to about the Revolution- 
ary War. 

IV. John Ferris, son of James and Anna Sands ; 

married Marrianna Hunt ; and had issue : 
V. Elijah ; born January 24th, 1768 ; died May, 

V. Jonathan, of N. Y. ; born ; died 

V. Elvin Ferris ; born ; died 

(lost at sea); married ; had issue : 

VI. Rufus, who married Miss Leggett. 

V. Elijah Ferris, son of John Ferris and Marri- 
anna Hunt ; married Amelia Livingston, 
daughter of Philip Livingston ; issue : 

VI. Lindley M. Ferris ; ) 1. Caroline Murray, 
married ) 2. Mary Murray. 

VI*. John H. Ferris ; married Underhill. 

VI. William Livingston Ferris ; bachelor. 

VI. Charlton Ferris ; married Anna Seaman ; 

issue: VII. Charlton, bachelor and VII. 

Anna, spinster. 

* Issue ; VII. Anna ; married Augustus Tabor. 
IV. Jonathan Ferris, of New York, son of James 
and Anna Sands ; married Ursula Catlin / 
issue : 
V. Alexander. 

V. Dr. Lyne ; married only daughter of Jacob 
Drake ; no issue. 

V. Judge Valentine, who lived in Vermont. 

V. Helen ; married Dr. Brayton. 

V. John. 


V. Charles. 

V. Mortimer. 

V. Edwin. 

V. Martha. 

V. Elmira or Elvira. 

IV. Elizabeth Ferris ; married Dr. Thomas Cock ; 


V. Eliza; married James B. Parsons, of Flushing, 

N. Y. 
V. Evely ; married Scott. 

V. Ann Augusta ; married Edward Willis. 

V. Thos. Ferris Cock, ) 1. Ann Augusta Wood, 
married, twice j 2. Louisa De F. Woodruff 
and left a daughter, Augusta C. Chapin, 
Wife of Joshua L. Chapin. 

Ferris Seaman Family. 

IV. Anna Ferris, daughter of James, son of John, 

married Dr. Valentine Seaman ; had issue. 

V. Elizabeth Seaman ; died an infant. 

V. Dr. William Ferris Seaman, married Eliza- 
beth, daughter of Isaac Hicks, and had two 
children, who died in infancy. 

V. James Valentine Seaman, married Maria 
Wright, daughter of Augustus Wright. 

V. John Ferris Seaman, married Anna Drake; no 

V. Valentine Seaman, married Ann Amelia Fer- 
ris, daughter of Elijah Ferris, his cousin 

V. Valentine Seaman, who married Ann Amelia 
Ferris, his cousin; had issue : 


VI. Vernon Seaman, who married Mrs. Gun. 
VI. John Ferris Seaman, who married Dr. Yates 

VI. Lindley Ferris Seaman ; bachelor. 
VI. Fanny L. Seaman ; 

VI. Dr. Louis L. Seaman; married Miss 

Fanny B. Freeman ; no issue. 
VI. Wm. Kelly Seaman ; deceased ; no issue. 

V. James Ferris, second son of James and Charity 

Thomas ; was born June 10, 1763 ; died 
March 4, 1832 ; married Sarah Oakley ; 
born August 7, 1771 ; died September 23, 
1856 ; issue : 

VI. Ann Eliza Ferris ; born June 10, 1791 ; died 

April 18, 1877 ; married Alexander J. C. 

VI. Dr. Floyd T. Ferris ; born April 6, 1793 ; died 
November 6, 1855 ; married Cat7iarine 
Morton, daughter of Dr. Morton. 

VI. James Ferris ; born September 29, 1795 ; died 
August 13, 1869 ; bachelor ; Alderman 6th 
Ward, New York City. 

VI. Henry Ferris ; born August 29, 1797 ; died 
January 16, 1840 ; married Hester Living- 

VI. Warren Ferris ; born August 27, 1799 ; left 
N. Y. for Gibralter, December 17. 1817 ; 
vessel never heard from ; no issue. 

VI. Charity Ferris ; born January 10, 1802 ; died 
December, 1873 ; married Captain Philip 


VI. Captain Watson Ferris ; born July 28, 1804 ; 
died Jnly 18, 1853, of Chagres Fever on 
Isthmus of Panama; married Sarah Ward. 

VI. Richard Ferris ; born August 18, 1806 ; died 
November 29, 1866 ; married Christiana, 
called Catherine Coolce. 

VI. Sarah or Sally Ferris ; born June 11, 1808 ; 
died September, 1889 ; married William 
H. Hicks ; no issue. 

VI. Claiborne Ferris ; born June 17, 1811 ; mar- 
ried Anna Lamb • he was Clerk of Ward 
Courts of New York ; he is alive and has 
no children. 

Note. — Upon information taken from Family 
Bible in possession of Mrs. Hamilton's children. 

VI. Ann Eliza Ferris, daughter of James 2, mar- 

ried Alexander J. C. Hamilton ; issue : 

VII. Sarah Adeline Hamilton, married Frank 

Smith ; issue VIII Alma. 
VII. Helen ; unmarried. 

VII. Alexander, James F., married Elise Char- 

lier ; issue : 

VIII. Heloise ; married Edward Plummer. 

VIII. Cranston ; married Jennie 

VIII. Lizzie ; married Chas. Commerford. 

VII. Catharine, married Thomas L. Botts ; issue : 

VIII. Ella, married Henry D. Sickles ; issue two 



VIII. Thomas ; bachelor ; dead. 
VII. Margaret Loring ; unmarried. 
VII. Henry or Harry ; bachelor ; dead. 

VI. Dr. Floyd Ferris, son of James and Sarah 

Oakley, married Catharine Morton, daugh- 
ter of Dr. Morton ; issue : 

VII. Andrew Morton Ferris, married Evelina 

Franklin (daughter of Richard L. Frank- 
lin and Evelina Crary) ; issue : 

VIII. Floyd Ferris ; born N. Y. City March 3, 

1857 ; married Bertha Allen. 
VIII. Lebnie Ferris ; unmarried. 

VII. Warren Ferris, married Jennie Mather ; 

issue : 

VIII. Catharine, married Clarence Lexow, N. Y. 

State Senator. 
VIII. Warren; bachelor. 
VIII. Fs telle ; unmarried. 
VII. Sarah; died in childhood. 
VII. Frank ; bachelor ; dead. 

VI. Charity Ferris, daughter of James and Sarah 

Oakley, married Captain Philip Wood- 
house ; issue : 

VII. Anna B. Woodhouse ; unmarried. 

VII. James Woodhouse; bachelor. 


VII. Phillip Woodhouse, married Beekman. 

VII. Sarah Woodhouse, married John Colquitt ; 
issue VIII Louis ; VIII Natalie V ; VIII 
Noella ; VIII Anna Ward ; Natalie V. 
Colquitt m. J. D. Gould. 

VII. Claiborne Woodhouse. 

VII. Elizabeth Woodhouse ; unmarried. 

VI. Henry or Harry Ferris, third son of James 

and Sarah Oakley, married Hester Living- 
ston, daughter of ; issue, 

VII. Henry, Jr., married Sarah M. 
Bishop, daughter of 
issue: VIII; Anna Gertrude. 
VIII. Claiborne. 
VIII. Hester. 
VIII. Catharine. 
VIII. Natalie. 
VIII. Gilbert. 
VIII. Margaret. 

VI. Captain Watson Ferris, son of James and 
grandson of James and Charity Thomas ; 
died at Panama ; married Sarah Ward ; 
issue : 

VII. Sarah 0. Ferris married James D. Mc- 


VII. Henry or Harry Ferris married Elvira C. 
Caswell ; issue : VIII. Lilian Maude. 

VII. Emily M. Ferris married James B. Lang. 

VII. Annie L. Ferris married John W. Gardiner. 

VII. William Hicks Ferris ; died bachelor. 


VII. Lizzie Ferris married Dr. Adolph Verona. 
VII. Sarah O. Ferris married J. D. McConochie : 
issue : 

VIII. Watson Ferris married 
VIII. Elvira Caswell, unmarried. 
VIII. Henry ; bachelor. 
VIII. Sarah married Warren Ferris, 
son of Richard. 

VIII. Sarah Ferris (nee) McConochie, 
marrried Warren Ferris ; issue : 
IX. Effie McConochie Ferris. 
IX. Catharine Fiske " 
IX. Richmond 

VIII. Watson Ferris, first son of Sarah 
Ferris and J. D. McConochie, 
married ; issue : 

IX. James and IX. Watson, both 
died in childhood. 

VII. Emily M. Ferris, daughter of Capt. Watson 

Ferris ; married James B. Lang ; issue : 

VIII. William Watson Lang. 
VIII. Julia Stewart Lang. 
VIII. Florence Malcolm Lang. 

VII. Annie L. Ferris, daughter of Capt. Watson 

Ferris ; married John W. Gardiner ; issue : 

VIII. Claiborne Ferris Gardiner. 

VIII. Mable Gardiner ; married Lieut. Benj. B. 
Hyer, 6th U. S. Cavalry. 


VI. Richard Ferris, son of James and Sarah 

Oakley ; married Catherine Cooke ; issue : 

VII. Floyd Ferris ; died an infant. 
VII. Edward; married Etta. 

VII. Virginia Albertine ; died in childhood. 
VII. Georgette ; married John H. McOee. 
VII. Lilias ; married Geo. H. Jones. 
VII. Warren ; married Sarah McConnochie. 
VII. Richard ; died an infant. 
VII. James ; died an infant. 

V. David Ferris, fourth son of James and 

Charity Thomas ; married three times ; one 
of his wives was Ann Ferris, daughter of 
Benjamin Ferris ; issue : 

VI. Cornell, of Westchester ; died 1845 ; mar- 

ried Elizabeth Jones. 
VI. Edward; bachelor. 

VI. ; married Meyer, 

VI. Ann Ferris ; married James Daly. 
VI. Jennette : married Jacob Stinnard. 

VI. Cornell ; married Elizabeth Jones ; issue : 

VII. Ann Eliza. 
VII. George. 
VII. John. 
VII. Charlotte. 
VII. Mary. 

VII. James. 
VII. Morris. 


VII. William. 
VII. Edgar. 
VII. Sarah. 

V. Thomas Ferris, son of James and Charity 
Thomas hero with Harvey Birch and 
County Clerk of Westchester County ; 
married Mary A. Banks ; issue : 

VI. Samuel Ferris, of Northcastle ; married 
Hetty Guion. 

VI. Harriet. 

VI. Margaret ; married John Harris. 

VI. Anne ; married Cliff. 

VI. Deborah ; married 

VI. Catharine ; married John Guion. 

VI. Maria. 

V. Abigail Ferris, daughter of James and 
Charity Thomas ; married Captain David 
Harrison ; issue : 
VI. Thomas H. Harrison ; married Hannah Hew- 
lett of Cold Spring, L. I. 

VI. David Harrison ; married Mary Conclclin of 
New Rochelle. 

VI. Thomas H. Harrison ; married Hannah Hew- 

lett ; issue : 

VII. Abigail Ann ; married William H. White ; 

issue : 

VIII. Thomas H; bachelor ; dead. 
VIII. William H.; bachelor. 
VIII. James Cameron. 

VII. Harriet ; married John Hewlett ; no issue ; 

VI. David Harrison ; married Mary Concklin ; 

issue : 

VII. Mary. 

VII. David m. ; issue : 

VIII. Frank Harrison. 

V. Anne Ferris, daughter of James and Charity 
Thomas ; married Hon. Philip Pell ; no 

issue : 

Hon. Philip Pell was a widower with one son, 
Philip, when he married Anne Ferris who survived 
him. Judge Advocate General Pell presided at 
the trial of Major Andre. 

V. George Ferris, fifth and youngest son of James 

and Charity Ferris ; died March 11, 1841, 
age 66 ; he married Catharine Post, who 
survived him ; issue : 

VI. Thomas Tliomas, heir of Thomas estate, Harri- 

son, Westchester Co. ; he married twice ; 

first wife ; second wife, 


VI. Oscar; proprietor of Homestead, Throggs 

VI. Catharine ; married James B. Maclay. 


IV. Sands Ferris, son of James Ferris and Anna 

Sands ; married Susan Potter ; issue : 

V. Benjamin Ferris, married twice ; first, Caroline 

Par shall ; second, 

V. Thomas Ferris, bachelor. 

V. Elizabeth Ferris, married twice ; first, John 

Wh itfield ; second, John Wilmott. 
V. Sally Ann; married Capt. Charles White ; no 

V. Amelia Ferris ; married Juan Antonio Rasines 

of Spain, May 29, 1841. 

V. Benjamin Ferris ; who married twice ; issue: 

VI. William H. Ferris. 
VI. Caroline. 

VI. Charles. 

V. Amelia Ferris, daughter of Sands Ferris* 
son of James and Anna Sands ; born 
July 8, 1812 ; married Juan Antonio Ra- 
sines, of Laredo, Spain ; issue living : 

VI. P. Antonio Rasines, b. Mar. 22, 1847, one of 
the publishers of this book married Ada 
VV. Jex, daughter of Josiah Jex. 

VI. Amelia Romana Rasines ; b. Nov. 28, 1851 ; 
married Thomas E. D. Power; second 
Charles Rogers. 

VI. P. Antonio Rasines ; married Ada W. Jex ; 
has been a School Trustee of New York 
City for twelve years ; issue living : 

VII. A. Manuela Rasines ; unmarried ; b. Oct. 20, 



VII. Gutter Antonio Rasines ; b Feb. 18, 1871. 
VI. Amelia Romana Rasines ; married Thos. 
E. D. Poioer ; issue by him . 
VII. Edward Ormond Power ; bachelor. 
VII. Dudley Pierce Power. 
VII. Juan Antonio Power. 

V. Benjamin Ferris, son of Sands ; married 

Catharine Talman ; issue : 

VI. William ; married Maria F. Cowdray. 
VI. Ann Ferris ; married Capt. Wm. Bowne. 
VI. Eliza Ferris ; married Capt. Nathan Haw- 

VI. John ; bachelor. 

VI. Cornwall Ferris ; married Mary Arthur, of 

VI. Cornwall Ferris ; son of Benjamin ; married 

Mary Arthur ; issue : 
VII. Benjamin ; bachelor. 
VII. Charles ; married Alice Stansfield. 
VII. Ann Eliza ; unmarried ; dead. 
VII. Arthur ; married Elizabeth Sprunt. 
VII. Cornwall ; bachelor. Cornwall Ferris died 

Aug. 14, 1864, age 59 years. See Family 

Bible in possession of Chas. Ferris. 
VII. Edward ; bachelor ; died Dec. 17, 1878 ; age 

20 years. 

VI. William H. Ferris, son of Benjamin ; mar- 
ried Maria F. Cowdray ; issue : 

VII. Harvey ; married Alice Chapin ; issue : 


VIII. Harrold C. Ferris. 
VII. Wm. H. Ferris (widower) ; no issue. 
VII. Josephine; married Spencer H. Coon; no 

VI. Eliza Ferris, daughter of Benjamin, mar- 
ried Capt. N. Hawkins ; issue : 

VII. Edward Quesnel ; died an infant. 

VII. Ann ; unmarried ; dead. 

VII. Adelaide: m. Augustus Cutter; no issue. 

VI. Ann Ferris ; daughter of Benjamin ; mar- 
ried Capt. Wm. Bourne ; issue : 
VII. William ; married Emma Stebbins. 
VII. Ann ; married Dr. Wm. H. Maxwell. 
VII. George; bachelor. 
VII. Catharine; unmarried. 
VII. Benjamin ; bachelor. 

VII. Charles Ferris, son of Cornwall, son of Ben- 
jamin ; married Alice Stansjleld ; issue : 
VIII. Charles Vincent; bachelor. 
VIII. Arthur Talman ; bachelor. 
VIII. May Alice : married Wm. J. Boherty. 
VIII. Percy ; dead ; no issue. 
VIII. Leila. Adelaide ; unmarried. 

VII. Arthur Ferris, son of Cornwall ; married 
Elizabeth Sprunt ; issue : 

VIII. Margaret Gertrude ; unmarried. 


VIII. Avis Anna ; dead . 

VIII. Isabella Barnes ; unmarried. 

V. Hon. Edward Ferris, third son of James, oc- 

cupant of " The Homestead " at Throgs 
Neck, died January 8th, 1820, of blood 
poisoning, aged 52 years. He married 
Elizabeth Goadsby, daughter of Sir Thomas 
Goadsby of England. She died February 
3, 1825, aged 54 ; they left : 

VI. Hon. Charles G. Ferris, who married Cather- 
ine Youngs, and 

VI. Caroline A. Ferris, who married Captain John 
W. Richardson. Hon. Edward was one of 
the founders of the "Tammany Society," 
and also with Aaron Burr, one of the found- 
ers of the Manhattan Banking Company. 
He declined the nomination as Governor of 
the State of New York when Gov. Clinton 
was a candidate. His nomination was 
equivalent to election, but as Clinton 
wished the office and the Hon. Edward 
preferred to retain his fortune to spending 
it in office in entertaining, he declined in 
Clinton's favor, and Clinton appointed 
him State Flour Inspector, with a hand- 
some salary and a great many appoint- 

VI. Hon. Charles G. Ferris, Alderman of the 4th 

Ward, New York City, 1832-3 ; member of 
the 23d and 27th Congresses of the United 
States ; married Catharine Youngs ; they 
had one daughter, Caroline A. Ferris, 
named after his only sister, Caroline Adelia 
Ferris, who married Capt. John W. 


Richardson. This Charles introduced the 
late Napoleon III. to President Tyler, and 
the compiler's mother has told him that 
she frequently dined with Napoleon at her 
Uncle Charles' house on Broadway, oppo- 
site West Washington Place, recently 
pulled down. Morse, the inventor of tele- 
graphy, stated at a banquet at Delmonico's 
that Hon. Charles G. Ferris enabled him 
to make telegraphy a success by getting 
an appropriation from Congress for the 
first line between Baltimore and Wash- 
ington, and without his great aid and in- 
fluence telegraphy might not have been in 
use to this day. The erection of Fort 
Schuyler was due to Chas. G., as he sug- 
gested its necessity and obtained the ap- 
propriation. He died June 4, 1848. 

VI. Caroline Adelia Ferris, only daughter of 
Hon. Edward Ferris and sister of Hon. 
Charles G. Ferris ; married Captain John 
W. Richardson and had the following 
issue : 

VII. Ann Richardson ; died in childhood. 

VII. Elizabeth F. Richardson; married Dr. Eugene 
Crowell. See Appleton's Encyclopedia 
for 1895. She died November 3, 1883, 
age, 65 ; and he died October 29th, 1895, 
aged 77 years. 

VII. Margaret Ann Richardson ; unmarried ; 


VII. Caroline Adella Richardson ; married Win. 
H. Brigham ; she died September, 1896 ; 
he died April, 1894. 

VII. Emma Adelaide Richardson ; unmarried. 

VII. Rosalie Augusta Richardson ; unmarried. 

VII. Helen King Richardson ; married Adams C. 
Sumner ; he died December 11th, 1873. 

VII. Catharine Ferris Richardson ; married Wm. 
A. Sutton ; she died March 

VII. Edward Wharton Richardson ; died unmar- 
ried, August, 1856. For short sketch 
of Richardson family see Appendix. 

VII. Elizabeth Frances Richardson ; married Dr. 

Eugene Crowell, son of Rev. Seth Crowell, 
March 1, 1842 ; had the following issue, 
seven sons and two daughters : 

VIII. Eugene Wharton; dead (infant). 
VIII. John Francis ; dead (infant). 

VIII. Charles Edward Croioell, counselor-at- 
law, and the compiler of this pamphlet ; 
married Hattie S. Popham, first wife, 
and Mary S. Clark, second wife. 

VIII. Caroline Frances ; dead (infant). 

VIII. Frank Crowell ; married Caroline Blau- 

VIII. Harry ; dead (infant). 

VIII. Emma Theresa Crowell ; married John T. 

VIII. Clarence; dead (infant). 

VIII. Edgar Ferris ; dead (infant). 


VII. Caroline A. Richardson ; married William 

H. Brigham ; had the following issue, one 
son and four daughters : 

VIII. William H. Brigham, Jr. ; infant; dead. 
VIII. Caroline A. Brigham ; married S. Wally 


VIII. Rosalie A. Brigham; unmarried; dead. 
VIII. E. Adelaide Brigham; married Theodore 

VIII. Lucy ; died an infant. 

VII. Helen King Richardson ; married Adams C. 

Sumner, of Vermont ; had the following 
issue : 

VIII. Frances Louise Sumner, who married 

Ernest W. Ford. 
VIII. Edward Wharton Sumner, bachelor. 
VIII. Caroline Ferris Sumner ; about to marry 

Dr. Wm. Watkins Belcher. 

VIII. Adams C. Sumner, Jr.-, bachelor. 
VIII. Helen King Sumner, who married War- 
ren S. Sillcocks, Jr. 

VIII. Charles Edward Crowell, counselor at law, 
admitted in N. Y. and N. J., LL. B. Co- 
lumbia, &c. ; the compiler of this pamph- 
let ; married first Hattie S. Popham, eldest 
daughter of the late William H Popham 
of Scarsdale, Westchester County, N. Y., 
and Sarah Huldah Spencer, daughter of 


Hon. Mark Spencer, member of the N. 

Y. legislature ; issue, two sons and three 

daughters : 
IX. Eugene Crowell ; minor. 
IX. Edith Crowell ; minor. 
IX. Hattie Popham Crowell ; minor. 
IX. Child died when torn ; 
IX. Charles E. Crowell, Jr.; minor. 

Hattie S. died February 16, 1893, and Charles E. 
Crowell married, 26th April, 1895 ; Mary Smith 
Clark, daughter of the late Thomas Clark and 
Elizabeth Catherine Housman Smith ; no issue. 

VIII. Frank Crowell, B. S. N. Y. University and 

LL. B. Columbia ; married Caroline Blau- 
velt ; issue : 

IX. Hubert ; minor. 

VIII. Emma Theresa Crowell, married John T. 

Halliday, only son of Thos. Alexander 
Halliday of Kirkudbright, Scotland, and 
Adelia Booth of N. Y. ; counselor at law, 
LL. B. Columbia ; issue : 

IX. Elizabeth Crowell Halliday ; minor. 
IX. John Crowell Halliday ; minor. 
IX. Kenneth Crowell Halliday ; minor. 
IX. Eugene Crowell Halliday ; minor. 

VIII. Caroline A. Brigham; married S. Wally 
Brown, A. B. Amherst, son of Dr. Brown 
of Brooklyn ; issue : 


IX. William Brigliam Brown ; bachelor. 
IX. Elizabeth F. Brown ; unmarried. 

VIII. E. Adelaide Brigliam; married Theodore 

Concklin, son of Captain Concklin of New 
Rochelle ; issue : 

IX. Theodore Brigham Concklin ; minor. 
IX. Harold Concklin ; minor. 

VIII. Francis Louise Sumner, married Ernest 

Ford ; issue : 

IX. Sumner Ford, minor. 
IX. Helen Ford, " 
IX. Donald Ford, 

VIII. Helen K. Sumner, married Warren S. Sill- 

cocks, Jr., veteran 23rd Regiment, N. GK, 
S. N. Y. ; son of Warren S. Sillcocks ; issue : 

IX. Marjorie, minor. 

VII. Caroline A. Ferris, only child of Hon. 

Charles Gr. Ferris, married first, Glover 
Clapham ; issue : 

VIII. Glover Clapham, Jr. 

VIII. Catherine, married Dr. Edward Clapham, 

her cousin. 

Glover Clapham dying she married Samuel 

Lewis ; issue : 
VIII. Caroline Lewis, unmarried. 
VIII. Charlotte, married French. 

VIII. Mary, married John Oakley. 
VIII. Henry; bachelor. 
VIII. Victoria; unmarried. 



Receipt of John Ferris. 

This present Testifieth that I John Ferris in- 
habitant of westchester in her majesties provence 
of New York son unto Jeffre ferris of greenwich in 
ye conntie of fairfield in her majesties collonie of 
Connecticut have received of my brother peeter feris 
& Joseph feris & James feris & Jonathan Lockwood 
of ye countie & collonie above sd. as they we were 
administrators of the estate of my deseased Jeffere 
feris. I say I have received of yon all singular 
every part persel thin or things which willed by 
to nipe by a fore sd. father Jeffere feris & do by 
this present for myself my heirs an sucsesers aquit 
fulley discharge ye above named parsons there 
heirs and sucksesers of all & every part or persell 
thing or thing so willed to me so testifie which of 
sd. John feris do hereunto sett to my hand in 
greenwich in the countie above sd. in ye year 1705 
July ye 16 day. 

signed in presents of us witnesing 

Samuel bets. 
Joseph Marshall. 

book 1 Page 172 — Greenwich land Records. 


Copy Will of John Ferris. 

In the name of God, Amen. Ye Ninth Day of May 
in ye Year of Our Lord God One Thousand Seaven 
Hundred & ffifteen, I, John fferris of ye Borrough 
& Town of Westchester, being sick & weak of body 
but of perfect mind & memory, thanks be Given 
unto God Therefore, calling unto mind ye mortal- 
ity of my body & Knowing it is Appointed for all 
men once to dye, do make and ordain this my Last 
Will & Testament in mannor & fforme ff olio wing, 
(that is to say) ffirst & Principally, I Give my soul 
into ye Hands of God that Gave it me & for my 
Body I Commend it to ye Earth, to be buried in 
Christian & decent manner Hoping att ye Gen- 
eral Resurrection I shall receive ye same again by 
ye mighty Power of God, And as Touching suching 
worldly Estate Wherewith it has pleased God to 
Bless me with, I dispose of in mannor and fforme 
{following (vizt.) Imp. I give & bequeath unto 
my son John fferris ffive Shillings & to my other 
three sons, Samuel, James & Jonathan fferris ye 
sume of ffive shillings a piece to be paid to Ym 
wthin one year after my Decease wch sd Legacies 
shall be paid by my Executors out of my personal 
Estate. Also I Will & bequeath unto my son 
Peter fferris all yt. my Houseing, Out House- 
ing Barnes, Stables, Orchards, Gardens, 
&c, Together with my ffive home Lotts & 
all & singular ye meadows lying att ye Rear of sd 
Lott, as also ye Lott of Land Lying betwixt ye 
Highway yt leads to Thomas Haddens Mill & ye 
Way y t leads from Brnnckes to Stoney Brook with 
a fifty Pound Privilege of Common idge. And 
Also all yt my Land at Brunckes Containing 
Seventy ffour Acres, be it more or less (But be it 


Provided Always) yt there shall be a Rodd Square 
ffree for all ffriends & ffriendly People to bury 
their dead in ye place where they formerly buryed 
without any Lett, Hinderance or molestation what- 
soever, And Also, I do Appoint & Order yt my sd. 
son Peter or his Heirs or Assigns shall pay or cause 
to be paid unto my two Daughters Pheby Burlin & 
Hannah Mott or to yir Assigns ye full and just 
sumeof Twenty Pounds a piece of Current money 
of New York, in mannor and fforme ^following 
(vizt.) Unto Hannah Mott ye sumeof Twenty 
Pounds within One Year after my Decease & unto 
my Daughter Pheby Burlin Twenty Pounds wthin 
two years after my Decease, and if it should so 
Happen yt either of my sd Daughters Pheby 
Burlin or Hannah Mott should Hap^pen to dye 
before ye receij)t of such Legacies, Then my Will 
& mind is yt. ye Legacies left to either of ym 
shall be Equally Divided Amongst her Children yt 
should so happen to dye, & if my sd son Peter or 
his Heirs or Assigns do neglect, Refuse or Delay 
to pay ye Legacies above specified to my sd. Two 
Daughters Pheby & Hannah, Then my Will and 
mind is yt ye Orchard & Meadow adjoining 
to ye Lott of Richard Ward shall be sould 
by my Executors so farr as will Extend to pay ye 
same wth Charges & no further ; And my Will & 
mind further is yt my sd son Peter shall not sell 
or dispose of any parts or parcells of ye Hon sen 
Lands or Tenmnts wthout ye consent of my 
Executors or any two of ym, And also, I give and 
bequeath unto my son Peter fi'erris all yt my ffifty 
Acre Lott of Land Lying in Long Reach Lands so 
called (Provided he Defend it & not otherwways, 
& if in case my sd son Peter do Deny or Refuse to 
Defend sd Land, yn my Will & mind is yt it 


shall be disposed of by my Exr. to any of my 
Children well will appear to Defend ye same Gratis, 
& my Will & mind further is yt all my Debts & 
ffuneral Expenses be ffrst paid out of my Personal 
Estate by my Executors Hereafter named, Then my 
Will and mind is yt my beloved wife Grace fferris 
shall have ye Third Part of all my personal Estate 
both wthin doors & wthout, & all ye Rest & Resi- 
due of my Personal Estate to be devided Amongst 
my if our Daughters (vizt) Martha, Pheby, Hannah 
& Sarah And I Do Nominate, Authorize & Appoint 
my three sons John, James & Jonathan to be my 
Executors, & in trust of This my Last Will & 
Testament, & I do Revoke, Disannull & make Void 
all fformer Wills by me made & this my Last Will 
& Testament to remain in ffull fforce & virtue In 
Witness whereof, I, ye sd John fferris, Senr., 
Have Hereunto put to my Hand & Seal This Ninth 
Day of May in ye ffrst Year of his Majesties Reign 
& in ye Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seaven 
Hundred & ffifteen. 

Signed, Sealed & Delivered, Published & Declared 
in the presence of us to be his Last Will & Testa- 

John Ferris. 

(signed) Jeremiah Fowler, 
William X Guil. 

Dan' 11 Clark. 
William Smith. 

Memorandum. Yt I John fferris, Senr. Testator 
to this my Last Will & Testament Do Give ffull 
Power & Lawfull Authority to my Executors men- 


tioned in this my Last Will & Testament To sell & 
Alionate & Dispose off all yt my Land & Meadow 
Lying upon ye Head of ye Neck to ye Highest 
Bidder and when so sold to pay unto my Daughter 
Sarah Twenty ffive Pounds out of ye money & ye 
Rest to be disposed of Equally Amongst my ffour 
Daughters, Martha. Pheby, Hannah & Sarah. In 
witness Whereunto I Have put to my Hand & 
Seal This Ninth Day of May in ye Year Annog Dm 

John fferris. 

Signed Sealed & Delivered 
in the presence off us 
C. Glover. 
Underbill Barnes. 
Raynard House 
his mark 

Dan'll Clark. 

Copy Will of Charity Ferris. 

I Charity Ferris of the Town of Westchester 
in the county of Westchester being at this time 


sick and weak in body, but of sound disposing 
mind and memory think it proper to make the 
following disposition and distribution of my tem- 
poral property and for that purpose do constitute 
and ordain this to be my last will and Testament 
in manner and form following that is to say : In 
the first place I order and direct my Executors 
hereinafter named and appointed to sell and dis- 
pose of in their discretion either at publick or pri- 
vate sale a messuage and piece or parcel of land 
situate on Throgs Neck in the Township and 
County aforesaid commonly called the "Martin 
Place" which I purchased at a Sheriffs sale on 
execution the monies arising therefrom to con- 
sider as assets in their hands for the purposes 
hereinafter mentioned, and I do hereby authorize 
them and the survivors and survivor of them to 
execute sufficient Grant and title to the purchasor 
thereof Secondly I give and bequeath to my 
daughter An Pell and to her assigns $250 — to 
compensate her for extraordinary trouble and care 
in the management of my own and her Fathers 
property as and Executrix also my large silver 
Tankard. Thirdly I give and bequeath to my son, 
Edward Ferris $250 — interest for his wife Eliza- 
beth to be laid out by her in plate at her discre- 
tion for herself and her children after her death 
Also a good feather bed bolster and pillows to my 
said son Edward and his assigns Fourthly I give 
and bequeath to my son George Ferris and his as- 
signs one other good Feather Bed Bolster and pil- 
lows Fifthly I give to my son James Ferris 
and to his assigns $250 — also five cows and one 
score of sheep out of my share of stock on the 
farm and fodder for them off the said 


farm, until the next growth of grass after 
the time he shall be entitled to re- 
ceive them. Sixthly, and whereas I hold an 
obligation or single-bill against my son Tliomas 
Ferris for the principal sum of £200 Dated 9th 
days of July in the year 1785 in which a consider- 
able sum for interest is Due, now if my said son 
Thomas Ferris his Heirs Executors or Adminis- 
trators shall pay to my Executors the sum of $250 
in Six Months after my decease in such case I do 
hereby release the said obligation to my said son 
Thomas & to his heirs executors and administrators, 
and declare the same to be void and Cancelled. 
Seventhly. I give and bequeath to by daughter 
Abigail Harrison and to her assigns the third 
choice of a good feather bead bolster and pillows 
and also my smallest silver tankard Eighthly and 
whereas I hold two obligations against my son 
David Ferris the one a Penal Bill dated the 17th 
day of May 1796 for the principal sum of £120-9 
shillings and the other a Single Bill Dated the 3rd 
day of July 1797 for principal sum of £50 on both 
of which considerable sums are Due for interest 
if my said son David Ferris his Heirs Execu- 
tors or Administrators shall pay to my Executors 
the sum of Two hundred and fifty dollars in six 
months after my decease in that case I also release 
to him his heirs executors and administrators the 
said two obligations and declare the same to be 
cancelled. Ninthly I give and bequeath to my 
said son Daniel Ferris and to his assigns all the 
remainder of my share of the stock on the Farm 
not hereinbefore disposed of the Farming Utensils 
and Crops of Grain and Hay gathered and growing 
on the Farm and provisions in the house at 


the time of my decease Tenthly I give to 
my granddaughter Charity daughter of my said 
son James $50 to be lodged in his hands in trust 
for her use. Eleventhly all the residue and re- 
mainder of my estate I give and bequeath to my 
two daughters Anne Pell and Abigail Harrison 
and to my aforesaid son George Ferris 
and to their several and respective assigns 
to be equally divided between them share an 
share alike but the share of my said daughter 
Abigail is to be paid to herself personally. 
Twelfthly with respect to my slaves it is my wish 
and desire and I do order and direct that they be 
manumitted and liberated in the manner follow- 
ing my wench Phebe is to be free immediately 
after my decease. My wench Betty and her in- 
fant child Eliza and two men Elijah and Abraham 
are to remain in the service of my son David as 
usual in the Farm for the term of one year from 
the time of my decease and then to be manumitted 
according to Law but if the Overseers of the Poor 
for the Town of Westchester shall after time 
refuse to manumit them as the Law directs then I 
direct my Executors to do it in such way as they 
shall judge most proper so that they may be act- 
ually free My boy Israel is to live in the service 
and employ of my said son David as usual on the 
Farm until he shall be twenty-one years of age 
and then to be free. ISthly whereas my daughter 
Anne Pell hath had and still must have much care 
and trouble as an executrix in the management of 
her father's estate and I being fully satisfied of her 
having discharged her duty as far as she was able 
I myself being incapable of assisting her, do for 
the sake of preserving peace and good will among 
my children after my death desire that they may 


be also satisfied with her conduct and come to ami- 
cable settlements with her bnt if any of my 
children who are legatees in the will of their father 
shall cause vexation in law or otherwise to my 
said daughter Anne Pell as an executrix aforesaid 
in the settlement of his or her share of the es- 
tate in such case I do order and direct my 
executors to withhold and retain what- 
ever may be given by this my will to 
any or either of my children from such 
child and his or her assigns who shall cause vexa- 
tion or lawsuit and distribute the same anions: 
the other legatees share and share alike 

And lastly I nominate constitute and appoint my 
daughter Anne Pell Executrix and my sons Ed- 
ward and George Ferris Executors of this my last 
Will and Testament hereby revoking all others be- 
fore this time made by me. In Witness Whereof I 
have hereunto set my hand and seal the 9th day of 
September in the year 1807 Signed sealed pub- 
lished and declared by the said Charity Ferris as 
and for her last Will and Testament in the pres- 
ence of us the subscribers who subscribed our 
names as witnesses thereto in her presence and in 
the presence of each other 

Charity Ferris [l s] 

James Briggs 

James Oakley 

Johx Brewer 


Story of the Occupation of the Homestead 
by Lord Howe. 

The family (James Ferris and family) happened 
to be at breakfast on the morning of the 12th of 
October, 1776, when a gun from the British flag- 
ship announced the disembarcation of the British 
troops on Throckmorton's or Throgg's Neck; this 
signal was immediately answered by the enemy's 
shipping, which lay at anchor between City Island 
and Throgg's Neck. On the next day General 
Lord Howe, supposing that he had been deceived 
by his guides and landed upon an island, sum- 
moned them before a board of officers. As they 
entered he struck the table violently with his 
sword and demanded in a threatening manner how 
they could dare to deceive him. After a proper 
explanation had been made he solemnly declared 
he would hang every one of them unless conducted 
safe from the present position. The retreat was 
ultimately affected by a bridge of boats. James 
Ferris was subsequently captured by the Queen's 
Rangers and removed to the New York Provost 
(the old Sugar House). — Extract from Bolton's 
History of Westchester, Vol. II, pp. 415-16-17. 
I am told James Ferris died February 25, 1780, at 
the age of 56 ; his wife Charity died July, 1809, 
aged 75. James Ferris did not die in the old 
Sugar House, now the site of the Mutual Life 
Building, New York City, but was brought home 
with his health ruined for life, and died at his 
home on Throgg's Neck three years afterward. I 
am also told that Lord Howe occupied the home- 
stead for some time. It is said that during the occu- 
pancy of the homestead by Lord Howe that at the 
first opportunity the daughters were rowed across 


the sound in the night by a negro slave to their 
Uncle Floyd's so as to take them out of harm's 
way. There is no doubt that Charity Ferris, the 
wife of James, who remained in the homestead dur- 
ing the occupancy of Lord Howe did as much for 
the American cause as any woman during the 
Revolution. She was thoroughly loyal and a 
woman of great ability. She caused a colored boy, 
one of the slaves of the family, to wait upon Lord 
Howe and his officers, and instructed him to listen 
to every word they said, as he was extremely 
stupid in appearance, no attention was paid to 
his presence and he was able to repeat many valu- 
able utterances. Mrs. Ferris taught him to learn 
what he was to tell by heart, so in case he was 
searched nothing incriminating could be found. This 
information so learned was promptly transmitted 
to General Washington at White Plains and found 
very useful to him. This slave was in the habit 
of running errands for the officers to the village to 
buy things and used to meet there one of Washing- 
ton' s aide de camp and it became a great source of 
wonderment to Lord Howe as to how Washington 
was found usually posted beforehand as to his 
movements. A record of a greater part of this 
story may be read in " A History of Westchester 
County from its First Settlement to the Present 
Time," Vol. II., pp. 234-5. 

It was through the intercession of Charity Ferris 
that her husband managed to die at home though 
his sufferings were such in the Sugar House that 
he survived but a few years. 


In the Name of God Amen : 

I, Jonathan Ferris, of the Town of Cortlandt, 
in the County of Westchester, and State of New- 
York, being in a poor state of health, but of a per- 
fect mind, and memory blessed be God therefor, 
do this day make and publish this my last Will 
and Testament, in the manner and form following, 
that is to say : 

Imprimis : I commend my soul into the hands 
of Almighty God who gave it me and my body to 
the Earth from whence it came, to be decently 
buried in hope of a joy full reserection this the 
merrits of my Saviour Jesus Christ and as for that 
world estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless 
me with, I dispose thereof in the manner and form 
as followeth : 

First. — I give to my wife Elizabeth five shil- 

Item. — I give unto eldest son Joseph Ferris, one 
equal third of all the farm of land where I now 
live on which I purchased of David Runnold, con- 
taining about one hundred and five acres unto him 
the said Joseph Ferris, to his heirs and assignes 
forever, and I also give unto him the said Joseph 
Ferris, his heirs and assignes two silver table 

7", Imprimis : I give and bequeath unto my 
three grand-sons namely, Jonathan Ferris, David 
Ferris and Caleb D. Ferris, sons of Caleb D. Fer- 
ris, deceased, one other third equal part of all the 
farm of lands and improvements where I now 
live on which I pirchased of David Runnolds 
imto the said Jonathan Ferris, David Ferris, Caleb 


D. Ferris, to be equally divided to them their heirs 
and assignes forever. 

I, Imprimis. — I give unto my son Joshua Ferris, 
the one other third part of the farm of land where 
I now live on containing about one hundred and 
five acres of land unto him the said Joshua Ferris 
to his heirs and assignes forever. And I also give 
unto my son Joshua Ferris, two silver table spoons. 

I, Imprimis. — I give unto my son Benjamin 
Ferris, about forty acres of land which I purchased 
of the Kronkhyt and Elijah Drake, unto him the 
said Benjamin Ferris to his heirs and assignes for- 
ever, agreeable to a deed of gift which I gave him 
reference being to the county records will more and 
at apear. 

I, Imprimis. — I give unto my son Jonathan 
Ferris forty-nine acres and one-half of land and 
buildings which were purchased of Gretia Lent, 
bounded on the west on the lands of Hannah Mon- 
tross, on the south on the land of Abraham Mon- 
tross and others ; on the east on the lands of 
Augustus Taylor s and on the north on the Cromb- 
pond road unto him the said Jonathan his heirs 
and assignes forever, agreeable to a deed of gift 
referance beiDg had to the county records will more 
and fully, and at large appear, and also I give 
unto my son Jonathan Ferris, fifty acres of land 
lying and being in Cortlandt Town in lot No. six 
which were purchased of John Watt's, Esq., of the 
City of New York unto him the said Jonathan 
Ferris to his heirs and assigns forever, I also give 
unto my son Jonathan Ferris his heirs and assigns 
one cow, and one yearling mare colt, two yearling 
steers, five sheep, and two silver table spoons, and 
four volumes of Blackstone's Commentaries to him 


the said Jonathan Ferris his heirs and assigns. I 
give unto my son Peter Ferris five shillings. 

I, Imprimis. — I, Item. — I give unto my daughter 
Sarah the wife of Richard Curry, five shillings she 
having already had her portion. 

Item. — I give unto my daughter Susannah, the 
wife of Smith Jones five shillings to her heirs and 

Item. — I give unto my daughter Deborah the 
wife of Benjamin Drake five shillings to her heirs 
and assigns. 

Item. — I give unto my daughter Phebe the wife 
of Henry Lounsberry five shillings. 

Item. — Unto my grand-son Caleb Drake, son of 
Benjamin Drake fifty pounds to be paid unto him 
his heirs and assigns by my executor s when he 
shall arrive to the age of twenty-one years. 

Item. — I give unto my grand-daughter Rachel 
Jones daughter of Smith Jones fifty pounds to be 
paid her heirs or assigns by my executors when 
she shall arrive to the age of twenty, or marry, or 
that may first happen. 

I. I. Imprimis. — I give unto my grand-son, Ben- 
jamin Lounsberry son of Henry Lounsberry one 
hundred and twenty-five dollars, to be paid him 
his heirs or assigns by my executors when he shall 
arrive at the age of twenty-one years. 

Item. — I give unto my daughter Elizabeth one 
cubbord which were brought from Bedford last to 
her heirs. 

Item. — I give unto my daughter Rebecca two 
hundred and fifty dollars to be paid her by my 
executors when she shall arrive at the age of 
twenty or marry or that which may first happen. 


Item.— I give unto my daughter PJiaime Ferris 
three hundred and seventy-five dollars to be raised 
out and from my moveable estate by my executors 
and paid to her heirs or assigns when she shall ar- 
rive to the age of twenty, or marry or that which 
may first happen. 

I give and bequeath all the remainder of my real 
and personal estate that I have not given away in 
the following (to wit) one-fifth part unto my son 
Joseph Ferris, and one-fifth part to my three 
grandsons, viz: Jonathan Ferris, David Ferris, 
and Caleb Ferris, sons of Caleb D. Ferris deceased, 
and one other fifth part to my son Joshua Ferris, 
one-fifth part unto my son Benjamin Ferris, and the 
one other fifth Dart to my son Jonathan Ferris and 
to their heirs severally and to their assigns forever 
and my will is that my executors take the charge 
of all the land which is in lot No. six for the use 
of firewood for the use of the said farm about said 
dividing the term of eleven years notwithstanding, 
and I do constitute and appoint my son Benjamin 
Ferris, Benjamin, Ward and Samuel Fields, to be 
my executors to this my will and testament with 
full power and authority to dispose of my move- 
able estate agreeable to the intent thereof and I do 
dis-annul all former wills made or done by me. 

In testimony whereof I, the Jonathan Ferris, 

have hereunto set my hand and fixed my seal this 

twenty-third day of February, in the year of Our 

Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-eight. 

Jonathan Ferris, [l. s.] 

Signed and sealed in presence of us, William 
Lent, James Lent, John Lent. 


Chancellor Ferris. 

Early in the seventeenth century, John Ferris 
coming from Leicestershire, England, settled in 
Fairfield, Connecticut, and later became one of the 
proprietors of Throckmorton's Neck, in West- 
chester County, New York. His great grandson, 
Captain John Ferris, was the father of Isaac Ferris, 
who was born in the City of New York, on the 9th 
day of October, 1798. He was prepared for college 
by the celebrated blind classical teacher, Professor 
Nelson. He graduated from Columbia College in 
the class of 1816, having as classmates Frederick 
de Peyster, John Ireland, James W. Eastburn and 
Richard Codman. 

He immediately became Instructor in Latin in 
the Albany Academy. Deciding to devote himself 
to the ministry, he entered the Theological Semi- 
nary, graduating in 1820. After a short time spent 
as a missionary in the Mohawk Valley, he was 
offered a position in the Theological Seminary to 
succeed Dr. John M. Mason, but instead accepted 
a call to the pastorate of the Dutch Church, at 
New Brunswick, N. J. In 1822, he was elected a 
Trustee of Queen's, now Rutgers College. In 
October, 1824, he became pastor of the Middle Dutch 
Church at Albany, and continued there for twelve 
years. In 1833, he received the degree of D. D. 
from Union College, and in 1853, that of LL. D. 
from Columbia College. In 1836, was called to the 
Market Street Church, then the most fashionable 
church in the aristocratic old 7th Ward of New 
York City. 

Dr. Ferris Avas one of the corporate members of 
the American Board of Foreign Missions. The 


large girls' school in Yokohama has been named 
Ferris Seminary in his honor. 

In 1840, he became connected with the American 
Bible Society. Dr. Ferris was largely instrumental 
in organizing the Young Men' s Christian Associ 
ation of New York. Rutgers Female Seminary, 
later Rutgers Female College, one of the first 
institutions to afford higher education for women, 
was planned and established by Dr. Ferris. 

In 1852, by unanimous vote, he was chosen Chan- 
cellor of the University of New York. He found 
the University at the lowest possible ebb, over- 
whelmed with debt, with no means, and a mere 
handful of students. With his rare executive ability 
and by great personal effort, he put the college on 
its feet, paid its debts, secured for it a liberal 
endowment, and left it a prosperous institution. 
In 1870, Dr. Ferris retired from active duty at the 
University, and became Chancellor Emeritus. He 
removed to Roselle, N. J., where he ended an active 
and useful life on the 16th of June, 1873. 

Dr. Ferris was tall, of very large frame, and 
great dignity of manner. He was a man of great 
benevolence and amiability. In his intercourse 
with his parishioners, he was genial and sympa- 
thetic. He was eminent as a scholar, and of untir- 
ing industry, and was much beloved by all who 
knew him. 


Richardson Family. 

Ann Wharton; married Rev>. Andrew Richard- 
son, who was born at Berwick on the Tweed. 
He was a Presbyterian minister. He moved to 
New London, Connecticut, and had issue : 

John W. Richardson, who married Caroline A. 

Margaret Ann Richardson, who died unmarried. 
Frances Richardson, who died young. 

Thomas Family. 

Honorable John TJiomas, father of Charity 
Thomas, wife of James Ferris of Throgg's Neck 
(1775) and also father of General Thomas Thomas, 
was one of the first persons who purchased land in 
Harrison, Westchester County, N. Y. He was the 
eldest son of the Rev. John TJiomas, for many 
years rector of St. George's Church, Hempstead, 
Long Island, N. Y. (1705) ; died 1727. Hon. John 
Thomas, who was the eldest son of the Rev. 
John Thomas, was the first judge of the 
Colonial Court of Common Pleas of Westchester 


County and for many years (1743 to 1776) repre- 
sentative in the General Assembly of the Province, 
representing the County of Westchester. He was 
a warm Whig and took an active part in the scenes 
which preceded the Revolution and on which ac- 
count was particularly obnoxious to the enemy. 
He was seized in his bed by a party of British 
troops on Sunday morning, March 22d, 1777, and 
taken to New York, where he was committed to 
the Provost, lingered until May 2, 1777, and died 
from his sufferings. His remains were interred in 
Trinity Churchyard. By his wife Abigail, daughter 
of John Sands, of Sands Point, L. I., born January, 
1708, married February 10, 1729, and died Aug. 14, 
1782, he left four daughters and three sons. 

John Thomas, Jr., who married Phebe Palmer, 
was Chairman of County Committee, Quarter- 
master 2d Westchester Col. Regiment, and High 
Sheriff of Westchester County in 1778. 

William Thomas, born Aug. 1, 1736, died May 
29, 1824. 

Major General Thomas Thomas, of Harrison, 
Westchester County, married Catherine Floyd of 
Mastic, L. I. The latter individual was one of the 
most prominent Whigs of the North, a dis- 
tinguished Military Officer, Sheriff in 1788-92, and 
one of the first members of the State Legislature of 
the State of New York, 1780 to 1804, Senator 
1805-8, and was Colonel of Middle Battalion West- 
chester Co. He was captured by the Queens 
Rangers in 1777, was subsequently paroled and 
ultimately exchanged ; he died in 1824 ; he married 
Catharine Floyd of Mastic, Long Island, born May 
9, 1746, died January 15, 1825. 

One of his sisters was Charity Thomas, who 


married James Ferris of Throckmorton's Neck, 
whose grandson was Thomas Ferris, present pro- 
prietor. Hon. Charles Gr. Ferris, late member of 
Congress from the City of New York, was a lineal 
descendant. See Bolton's History of Westchester, 
Vol. I, pp. 254 to 258. William Floyd, signer of 
the Declaration of Independence, married a sister 
of Genl. Thomas. 

Margaret, a sister, born August 1st, 1738 ; married 
Charles Floyd. 

The following inscriptions are on the monu- 
ment and tomb stones of the Thomas Family at 
Harrison : 

u Sacred to the memory of Major General Thomas 
Thomas, who died on the 29th of May, a. d. 1824, 
in the 79th year of his age. As a soldier of the 
Revolution of 1776, he aided in establishing 
the independence of the United States. As a 
member of the Legislature of the State 
of New York he assisted in laying the 
foundations of those institutions that were in- 
tended to perpetuate the Republic. This monu- 
ment, I understand, was erected at the expense of 
the State of New York, and to-day lies buried 
with weeds, though lately some of the compiler's 
family, Mrs. Wm. H. Brigham, has had the same 
cleaned up and plot put in shape." 

" Sacred to the memory of Catharine Thomas, 
widow of Thomas Thomas, who died the 15th day 
of January, a. d. 1825, in the 79th year of her 

; ' Sacred to the memory of Charles Floyd Thomas, 

son of Thomas Thomas and Catharine Thomas, who 
died on the second of January, a. d. 1802, in the 
24th year of his age. 

There are other monuments to Nancy Thomas 
and Gloriana Thomas, born September 27, 1740, 
and married to James Franklin." 

Coat of Arms and Crest of Thomas Family. 

Arms. — Gu or a chev or betw. three herons 
az four barrulets az. 

Crest. — A heron's head erased az gorged with a 
garland of roses gu. 

See Thomas' Book, printed by Henry I. Thomas 
Co., N. Y. 


IV. Sarah Ferris, m. John White ; issue. 
V. George F. Wliite, son of John and Elizabeth 

White ; b. N. Y. City, Feby 4, 1789 ; m. 

Hannah T. Haydock, daughter of John 

W. and Elizabeth Haydock ; b. Mch. 27, 

1791 ; issue. 
VI. Edward White, m. twice ; 1st, Jennette 

Jarms ; 2d, Eliza Van VlecTc. 
VI. Elizabeth White, unmarried. 
VI. Sarah H. White, unmarried. 
VI. Henry Kirlce White, m. Anna Maria Eb~ 

VI. William H. White, bachelor. 
VI. Arthur White, bachelor. 
VI. Maria H. White, m. Alfred W. Corlies ; no 


VI. George Arthur White. 
VI. Cornelia H White, m. Edwin Maynard. 
VI. Edward White, m. twice ; 1st, Jennette 
Jarvis ; 2d, Eliza Van Vleck ; issue, two 

daughters. VII. Anna & VII. . 

VI. Henry Kirke White, m. Anna M. Ebberly ; 

issue, VII. George F. White. 
VI. Cornelia H. White, m. Edwin Maynard; 

VII. Edwin Percy Maynard. 
VII. Alfred Corlies Maynard. 
VII. Guy Ferris Maynard. 
VII. Cordelia Qarter Maynard. 


Extract from the Roster of New York State Troops (for 
Westchester and Dutchess Counties) giving the Ferrises 
who took part in the Revolutionary War. See Documents 
of Colonial History, Vol. XV., p. 370, et seq. 





1. Ferris. Alexander. 


Albert Pawling's. 

Livingston's . 


' Benjamin.. 


Thaddeus Crane's. 


3. ' 


Samuel Drake's. 





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Marin us Willet's. 



Corporal . 

Pawling's . 



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Wemple's . 



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Henry Luddington's . 



Gideon . . . 


Pawling's . 




Van Vech ten's. 




Pawling . 

Sacket's . 


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Lewis . 

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' Jonathan... 

Sergeant . 




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St. John's. 


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' Jonathan . . 


Drake . 

Boyd's . 

22. ' 

' Joseph . . . 



23. ' 


Drake . 


24. ' 

' Reuben — 

Lieut. Col. 

Luddington's . 

25. ' 

1 Samuel .... 



Lewis . 

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Livingston's . 

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28. ' 






Seth. . .' ' ! ! 

Corporal . 

Roswell Hopkins. 



' Silvanus. . . 



Stevenson's . 


' Sylvanus . . 





Thomas. . . 

Sergeant . 




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William . . . 

Sergeant . 

Hopkins . 

Talmadge . 


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' Benjamin . 
















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Grose. Van Schaick, 1st 
Reg. of Line. 


" Jr 


Philip Van Cortlandt, 
2d Reg. of Line. 

James Holme's 4th 
Reg. of Line. 



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James Holme's 4th 
Reg. of Line. 



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Robt. Van Rensselaer, 
Albany Co. 
\ John Field. 




( Andrew Morehouse. 
j Moses Graham. 
1 Roswell Hopkins. 



A. Zechariah Ferris, of Charlestown, Mass., 

1675 ; made a freeman in 1676 ; married 
and had the following issue : 

B. Zechariah, Jr.; baptized February 6, 1676. 
B. Sarah ; baptized November 12, 1676. 

B. Hannah ; baptized July 8, 1680. 

B. Zechariah Ferris, Jr. ; married, and had issue : 

C. Benjamin, who became a Quaker preacher 

and went to New Milford in 1711. Smith's 
History of Dutchess County, p. 258, says 
he, Benjamin, was a settler near Pawling, 
and that his father, Zechariah, came to 
New Milford. 

Syltanus Ferris, of Greenwich ; August 10, 1737, 
served against Ticonderoga and Crown 
Point ; sold out May 28, 1782, and moved 
to Lewiston ; had four sons and five 
daughters. Henry settled in Cato, Four 
Corners, Cayuga County, N. Y., and had 
two sons, Justice and Thatcher. Sylvanus 
married Sarah 0. Gastead ; finally died at 
Galesburg, 111., 1837. 

Benjamin Ferris was appointed State Flour In- 
spector, &c, for Westchester County, February 
26, 1772. See Colonial Laws, Vol. V, p. 296. 



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